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Youth advocates improve access to quality education

Pakistan Girls in School
Girls learning in a school constructed by Plan International in Punjab.

Plan International, in collaboration with Oxfam GB, Action Aid, Care International and Work Vision, has entered into an alliance called Girls Education Alliance Pakistan (GEAP) to ensure the participation of children in decision making via powerful advocacy campaigns.

One of the expected outcomes of this project is that policies at local, national, international level are responsive to the rights of adolescent girls; and decision-making processes ensure girls’ and boys’ participation. The Child and Youth Networks established in Thatta and Muzaffargarh have 25 members each, and are actively campaigning for change. A series of meetings has been carried out in partnership with provincial education departments in Sindh and Punjab, persuading them to initiate the process of bye-laws and implementation plans for Free and Compulsory Education Acts.

The activities were successful in enabling young people to engage with the provincial education departments, as well as the policy makers and parliamentarians for the implementation and preparation of bye-laws for the Free and Compulsory Acts in two provinces (Punjab and Sindh). 

In the Sindh province, the government has nominated a focal person to take next steps for the preparation of byelaws and implementation plans for the Sindh Rights of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act 2013.

The end results of these interventions with the government education department is expected to be a long-term improvement in quality education for boys and girls.